Arts news

Iford Festival 2020 cancelled

THE main Iford Festival programme of operas and concerts for 2020 has been cancelled, but the team hopes that the Picnic Proms may be able to go ahead at the end of August and beginning of September. A statement from David Moss, Chairman of Iford Arts. “As a consequence of the government’s advice relating to…

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ON LINE – the Inside Out Piano

SARAH Nicholls introduced her Inside-Out Piano to a virtual audience at Southampton’s Turner Sims on International Piano Day, Sunday 29th March at 3pm. You can watch and listen to the concert on line until next Sunday, 6th April. Log on to www.turnersims. co.uk/events/the-inside-out-piano/ This is a piano like never before: strummed like a guitar, singing like a…

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CCANW to close

THE trustees of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World have announced that, in response to the severe funding challenges that CCANW shares with many other arts organisations, they have decided to close on 31st March. The charitable incorporated organisation’s work will be re-focussed through an independent curatorial practice led by CCANW’s founder,…

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Ticket holders donate to Lighthouse

GENEROUS audience members have donated hundreds of pounds to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, which has closed in line with the latest advice on COVID-19. Ticket holders to shows including BalletBoyz and English Touring Opera’s productions of Cosi Fan Tutte and Giulio Cesare have elected to donate the price of their tickets to the venue rather…

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EMERGING … later

BEAF – the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival – has rescheduled its original May dates, moving to Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November. In the light of Coronavirus, festival organisers announ­ced on Tuesday that Bourne­mouth’s largest independent arts festival will return in the autumn. “As we all know, these are unprecedented times for us all…

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Kinetics at New York festival

KINETICS, the film adapted from the stage play of the same name, by the Dorchester-based actor and writer Sue Wyle, is to be shown at the ReelAbilities film festival at New York. The festival, from 26th March to 6th April, has moved entirely online, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the shut-down of…

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Ilminster Arts Centre temporary closure

ILMINSTER Arts Centre at the Meeting House, which is marking its silver jubilee in 2020, has announced a temporary closure in response to the ongoing Coronavirus public health situation. A spokesperson said the café was now closed and that concerts and workshops for the foreseeable future would be cancelled: “Ticket holders should contact the arts…

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A vision for the future at South Petherton

WE all need some good news at present – or at least positive signs of an arts organisation that is looking beyond the current crisis. Petherton Arts Trust, which runs the David Hall at South Petherton, launched its ambitious Vision 2025 project just before the coronavirus pandemic really bit, and will be working towards its long-term…

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Ticket holders

THEATRES, arts centres, concert halls and other venues across the country are asking audience members with tickets for events in the coming weeks and months to be patient with refund arrangements – and to consider donating the money they have already spent on tickets to the venues and artists whose livelihoods have been instantly put…

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New altar at St Thomas’s

WE think our readers need a bit of good news – or at least something to admire and enjoy, so here is a picture of the elegant altar which Hindon furniture designer Matthew Burt and his team have made for Salisbury’s historic St Thomas’s Church. The altar is made from tiger oak, an oak whose…

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